Domestic violence is a word, which is sometimes used interchangeably with word family violence. However, there is a difference between both situations. According to the definition of Domestic Violence, it is generally referred to the act of extensive violence, which occurs between two people who are or have in intimate relationship within a domestic setting. Domestic violence also includes sexual, emotional, physical and psychological abuse towards intimate partner. It is difficult to define the form of violence, victims and perpetrators. It is because there are different kinds of intimate relationships, family settings and relationships which are present in different communities of Australia.
According to the study of Morgan and Chadwick (2009), domestic violence is mainly perpetrated by men against their female partners, but some of the other cases also provide evidences of violence against men by female partners and violence in same sex relationships. The traditional association of the domestic violence is with the physical and sexual abuse, but actual phenomenon or reasons are often unknown. However, the main reason found behind domestic violence is to exercise control over the partner and to control partner by inducing fear. The tactics used for the domestic violence could be criminal as well as non-criminal. Domestic violence can include emotional abuse, social abuse, verbal abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse and even spiritual abuse .